India to host yoga training sessions at World Economic Forum in Davos

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New Delhi: In a first, India will host yoga training sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week, a top government official said on Friday.

“We will showcase Indian heritage and culture in Davos. As part of this, yoga has been included in the main WEF programme for which we will be taking two acharyas to Davos to provide yoga classes during the five-day summit,” department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) secretary Ramesh Abhishek told reporters.

This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first Davos visit and also the first by an Indian Prime Minister since the one by H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997. Modi will deliver the keynote address at the plenary session.

Providing details of Indian engagement in Davos, Abhishek said we will offer yoga classes everyday. DIPP is also hosting a welcome reception for the WEF members on 22 January where 1,500 people are expected to come. “We will showcase India’s progress while also giving a taste of our exquisite cuisine and Indian culture and heritage,” Abhishek said.

“We will also set up an India lounge in Davos,” Abhishek added. Desi cuisine and yoga will mark the start of the five-day annual jamboree of the rich and powerful from across the world in the snow-laden Swiss ski resort town of Davos. This is the first time India will host the welcome reception at the summit.

The Indian presence is set to be the largest-ever with as many as six union ministers, two chief ministers, several top government officials and over 100 CEOs, figuring among the registered participants. The official sessions at the WEF will also have special India-focused discussions including one on “India’s role in the world”, how it is rethinking economics with the use of big data in policymaking and the country’s role in securing peace and stability in the Asian century.livemint